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Hansa World Championship at Medemblik, Holland - Opening Ceremony

by 2016 Hansa Worlds 5 Jun 2016 18:11 BST 3-9 June 2016

Abel Tasman interrupts opening ceremony

Hendri Bargeman, the master of ceremonies this event, tried to open the event. But Abel Tasman arrived by boat and interrupted the opening talk. His visit caused a brief history lesson for the sailors and he put Wilma van den Broek in the spotlight for a minute. She is the Vice President of the Dutch Hansa class, so she is an important person for the Hansa class in the Netherlands. Her tactic for this week, Abel asks: "To win off course!" That's an answer the old sailor likes to hear.

For the official part of the opening, the first entry is asked to come to the stage by Hendri and Akko van der Veen, organiser of the event and authorised distributor for the Netherlands & the Dutch speaking regions of Belgium. It's the British Chris Molesworth; he is honoured to hoist the Hansa class flag while Abel Tasman takes care of the canon. It's a spectacular view, the Hans class flag in the top and the cannon blowing lint's with the event colours over the sailors. Now it's official time to start racing.

Social program

Racing will be from Sunday to Thursday and is accompanied by some social events. On Monday night there is a sailors' conference, organized by the International Hansa class. On Tuesday a big barbecue is planned included with some presentations, Wednesday you can go sailing with Dutch 'clogs'. The event will be closed by the price giving and closing ceremony on Thursday.

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